New Yorkers will ‘Wear Red and Give’ on Friday, Feb. 2 to spread the message that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
NEW YORK, NY, January 24, 2018 – The American Heart Association is uniting with communities across New York City to “Go Red and Give” on Friday, February 2. This special day aims to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, which cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. The good news is that, if you understand your risk factors, about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable.
On February 2, thousands of New Yorkers will participate in National Wear Red Day by donating to the Go Red For Women campaign and taking steps to better understand their heart health. Some organizations will offer heart healthy lunch and learn programs, organize healthy walks, or offer healthier foods in vending machines or cafeterias. Additionally, landmarks and buildings around the city and state will illuminate in red to help raise awareness to women’s heart health.
“Going Red is such a simple yet effective way to raise awareness about heart disease and celebrate heart health. We know the Go Red movement helps save women’s lives through education and advocacy,” said Stacey Rosen, MD, FACC, FACP, spokesperson for the American Heart Association and Vice President, Women’s Health, Katz Institute for Women’s Health, Northwell Health. “February is the perfect time to learn more about your heart health and make positive lifestyle changes.”
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement motivates women to learn their family history and to meet with a healthcare provider to determine their risk for cardiovascular diseases and stroke. National Wear Red Day is a reminder to take care of your heart, understand risk factors that you can control, such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity, and some you can’t control like age, gender and family history.
All New Yorkers can improve their heart health by knowing their numbers and scheduling an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss all risk factors, including the five numbers that can change your life: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI).
Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health; and locally by New York City Goes Red Sponsors, Northwell Health and the Elizabeth Elting Foundation. This movement inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives. When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, more lives are saved.
For more information on National Wear Red Day or to register your company or organization to participate, visit the American Heart Association at nycgored.heart.org.
About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease in women. We are committed to the fight for as long as it takes. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement was created by women, for women. Because our health is non-negotiable, because we have the power to save our lives, and because the best force for women is women.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.